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Brigada: Adventures in Marogondon, Cavite

I was a guest and co-host for this segment of Brigada to feature Maragondon as the next travel and adventure destination near Manila. Go watch and discover what the town can offer for tourism.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Makati Staycation: Enjoy a lot of perks and discounts with 4 iconic hotels and Mastercard

The Coladilla family in Raffles Makati’s Junior Suite Room

We started this hotel staycation habit in my family after my son who was 8 months old that time suffered from dust allergies and coughs after the big bang of new year, our city was covered with smog from firecrackers and even if we stayed inside an aircon room at home, our son still catches those dust and smog and he got some trouble in breathing, after that incident we promised that we should book a hotel and celebrate our new year in a nice hotel. Our first hotel staycation taught us many things – from organizing the things we need, experience a holiday celebration in a hotel, enjoy delicious food prepared by top chefs, and no more worries every new year.

Btw, the word “staycation” means having a nice vacation and not going far from your home, you can spend your vacation in a hotel located in the heart of the city or just stay at home. It can be an overnight stay or weekend stay. It’s a way of relaxing and rejuvenating yourself after a stressful weekday, and having your own staycation will help you to take a break.

Going back to our staycation adventure… After our 1st staycation in the city, I learned that staying in a hotel with malls nearby is very convenient, we enjoyed staying late outside and go home in our hotel room and not require us to travel back home after the mall hopping bec. we live outside the city, In our short staycation we enjoy the hotel’s amenities like the resto, pool, kids playground, gym and spa. I told my wife that if we plan in having an out of town trip, I suggest that we start here in the city first, and then after so many staycation adventures we have like celebrating new year, birthdays, holidays and even getting hotel staycation perks from my blogging stunt, we noticed that our son super enjoyed the staycation experience and its fun to see him being comfortable and being exposed to a hotel environment at an early age. So we tried the hotel stay in different part of the city… and one of the best to stay is in Makati City…why? because they have lots of malls, restaurants, parks, events, cinemas, late night market, and outdoor venues for active lifestyle.

Yes, hotel staycations are a bit expensive, but there are affordable rates offered and posted all over the web, just go check agoda or expedia, or just check the group deal sites. Prices offered are good and these rates are not advertised in papers, tv or in the hotel’s website. Thanks that we have internet!! all info and discounts are already there.

Its like a treasure hunt activity for deals, but I’m glad that the MAKE IT MAKATI team is here and now they offer discounts and perks for hotel guest using their MASTERCARD and launching the MAKATI STAYCATION campaign = enjoy discounts and perks with your Mastercard.

The Makati Staycation comes with a special staycation package for everyone and its offered from today up to December 31, 2013. So there’s more time to enjoy Makati Staycation for the rest of the year!

So what’s the deal? -- 4 iconic hotels in Makati City joined MAKATI STAYCATION that offers perks and discounts

1. Intercontinental Manila
2. Holiday Inn Makati
3. Raffles Makati
4. Fairmont Makati

check the details below:

Enjoy a priceless vacation in the city that makes it all happen, Makati. Use your MasterCard to avail of exceptional accommodation packages from iconic global hotel brands and get unbeatable perks to shop, dine and explore the city. It's a staycation made priceless by MasterCard.
Exclusive offer runs from August 27 to December 31, 2013. Visit www.makeitmakati.com for details.

You can book here at http://www.makeitmakati.com/MakatiStaycation

"For vacation, normally we think of going out of town or the country, with the launch of Makati Staycation, we are confident that we can change that mindset primarily, because  right here in the city that makes it happen, Ayala Land have four iconic global hotel brands -- Intercontinental Manila, Fairmont, Raffles and Holiday Inn Makati.

In partnership with Mastercard, we offer unbeatable accommodation packages, as well as perks, to dine, to soathe the body, nourish the soul, rejuvenate the spirit and discover Makati to the fullest. Its all about making families,friends and tourish to have the ultimate staycation, in make memorable and priceless experiences transpire, to have a break from the daily hustle and bustle of city life without leaving the comfort of the metropolis.

the Makati Staycation. is indeed another limestone for our Make it Makati campaign, another first in the country, it allows us to strengthen our solid reputation as the country's leading city for business, lifestyle, entertainment and culture.

we love saying that in Makati we make things happen, you can make it happen too, it makes it possible for everyone to create beautiful memories in Makati" - Mel Ignacio (Assistant VP, Ayala Land)

"We do offer an array of choices for those who are looking for that ultimate staycation here in Makati and what Raffles and Fairmont actually bring to the table would be to add to those choices that both the Intercon and Holiday Inn already offer.

Raffles and Fairmont basically is the new luxury property here in the city and when we open less than 9 months ago, I think there's no other opening of luxury hotels in Makati in the last 18 years, so definitely this bring that new property as well as the heritage of the brand that both Raffles and Fairmont is all about and the great thing is being part of the staycation is that the Fairmont and Raffles properties are quiet aspirational, people know us of because of the other properties we have around the world, now that we are here in the city, you don't really have to travel to experience Raffles in Singapore, because Raffles Makati is here and similarly with Fairmont Makati.

We do offer several inclusions as part of the program which are ideal for who staycate in hotels from accommodations to recreation facilities, from spa to swimming pools, we have two pools in Raffles and Fairmont, if one doesn't suit you, there's the other that can suit  for you to enjoy, that's one thing we bring that is quite different. About the location, our hotels is close to Greenbelt and Glorietta, I think that's the one key factor for them to try out Raffles and Fairmont.

When we open Raffles Makati in particular, we brought in two iconic brands as we mentioned the Writers Bar and the Long Bar.. The Long Bar has this long tradition that can be experienced here in the city, in the  Long Bar you will enjoy the Singapore Sling and we have our own version called the Makati Sling, and you can eat peanuts and throw the shell on the floor, we brought that tradition here in Makati City. -- Eugene Tamesis (Director of Sales & Marketing, Raffles & Fairmont Makati)

"why..why would you wanna stay in Makati for a weekend staycation?, then you will realize that the city has so much to offer, I'm a city girl, but sometimes when you don't want to dive or go out of town in the weekend, there's so much to discover in Makati, and I realized that there's a weekend market in Salcedo which sells fruits and organic stuff and I discovered that there are so many new restaurants and  I'm into yoga and I found that there are several yoga studio here in Makati, and there's so many different things,  it got me, you can go shopping and then your hotel is on top of the mall and I mean where can you get that convenience.

In Makati is nice, everything is located near to each other, there's no big traffic especially on weekends, its a such nice presentation." - Tessa Prieto-Valdez (long time Makati resident and philanthropist)

"We approach Mastercard for this campaign, and we are very happy that they partnered with us for this campaign, Mastercard is also a key stakeholder here in Makati. Its how we program for the campaign, tapping the different stake holders like Tessa, she's a stakeholder here, for being grown here in Makati. We have thought that staycation is a different component that would be able to feature the other aspects of Makati, bec. its known as the premiere CBD in the country and we really want to highlight that you can do much more here and we thought that this is the perfect opportunity " - Mel Ignacio (Assistant VP, Ayala Land)

InterContinental Manila
Satisfy your taste palates with Php 2,000 worth of dining credits and enjoy the dine for 4 and get 1 free promo or 25% discount on food and drinks at Prince Albert, Gambrinus and Sol Y Sombra. Also relax and enjoy the 25% discount on Suriya Spa plus get full access to Club Intercontinental Lounge! Avail now for a minimum of two nights stay. (PHP 5,800++)
Book here at http://www.makeitmakati.com/Makati-Staycation/Intercontinental

holiday inn room
Holiday Inn Makati
Enjoy a relaxing stay and get Php 1,500 worth of dining credits when you book the Priceless Makati Staycation Package. Top up your rate and get 25% discount on spa services or enjoy full access to the Executive Club Lounge. Rate is valid for a minimum of two nights stay. (PHP 5,300++)
Book here at http://www.makeitmakati.com/Makati-Staycation/Holiday-Inn

Raffles Makati
Luxuriate in the lavish Raffles Junior Suite and be treated to breakfast buffet for two at Spectrum, complimentary Internet access and local calls, the legendary Raffles butler service attending to your every need and Afternoon Tea for two at the iconic Writers Bar. Enjoy discounts on selected spa treatments at the relaxing Willow Stream Spa. (PHP 14,000++)
Book here at http://www.makeitmakati.com/Makati-Staycation/Raffles

fairmont guest room
Fairmont Makati
Stay in Fairmont Guest Room or a Fairmont Gold Room and experience unrivalled charm and contemporary luxury unlike any other. Booking a Fairmont Gold Room entitles guest full access to the Fairmont Gold Lounge offering exclusive privileges. Wake up to breakfast buffet for two at Spectrum then enjoy a quiet afternoon of Maka.Tea for two at the Fairmont Lounge. Enjoy discounts at the relaxing Willow Stream Spa. (PHP 8,000++)
Book here at http://www.makeitmakati.com/Makati-Staycation/Fairmont

Here’s our own Makati Staycation experience (for the nth time) ahahahah. When Raffles Makati opened, it was a brewing dream for us to try and stay there. And now our dreams came true!! thank you www.makeitmakati.com for this experience!

So we tried and tested Raffles Makati and the Makati Staycation offerings:

hotel room – check!
butler – check!
breakfast buffet – check!
pool – check!
kids play area – check!
Afternoon tea at Writers bar – check!
Complimentary cocktail drinks at Long Bar – check!
celebrity spotting at Star Magic Ball 2013 – check! hahaha this comes as a freebie, the ball event happened at the same day that we stayed in Raffles Makati.

Our Afternoon tea at Writers Bar definitely beats our TWG Experience… this comes as a complimentary for the Makati Staycationers, but the original price for the entire set is Php 995.

For info and details about Makati Staycation

and here’s some photos from the press launch of Makati Staycation






The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.

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